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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

May 16, 2007: European Interior Ministers Meet

The Interior Ministers of France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom met in Venice on 11-12 May, 2007, in order to evaluate possible developments in the areas of common interest with the aim of contributing to the advancement of the freedom, security and justice in the European Union.

The attention was focused on migration policy, the fight against organised crime, drug trafficking and counter-terrorism. These issues of crucial importance for G6 countries require a common response capability. The Ministers took note of the progress achieved in the ongoing research into liquid explosives, the “check the web” project and the project on the joint support teams against serious terrorist attacks. They agreed to further continue with the exchange of experiences to assist better terrorism victims.

The Ministers also took note of the development of the Liaison Officers’ network in the Balkans, of the actions aimed at countering the trafficking in human beings, of the project relating to the implementation of integration policies. They agreed to go on with the development of these initiatives. Subsequently, the Ministers examined some specific themes and reached the following conclusions.

Migration: The Ministers reaffirmed the importance of sharing information, improving co-ordination and supporting each other in their efforts to govern migration at the European and domestic level. On a case by case basis, this will include an informal dialogue to prepare legislation at EU-level. They note that management of legal migration is an important factor in fighting illegal immigration and countering criminal organisations that exploit it, in a comprehensive common approach of dialogue and cooperation with countries of origin and transit.

The Ministers hold that a mutual knowledge of the different national experiences is conducive to a fruitful decision-making. They agreed to regularly proceed to an exchange of information, experiences and evaluation on the criteria and mechanisms adopted nationally as regards immigrants’ entry and stay in their national territory.

Organised Crime And The Fight Against Drug Trafficking: The Ministers expressed their concern about the increase in cocaine production and the sharp growth in its consumption in Europe. They pointed out that the cocaine route towards Europe originating from South America and passing through Western and Central Africa is gaining ground.

While reaffirming G6 Countries’ commitment to continue and enhance the fight against heroin trafficking from Central Asia, particularly from Afghanistan, the Ministers agreed on the need to promote initiatives aimed at preventing the entry of cocaine into Europe through the above-mentioned new route. It is also necessary to establish an African platform of European Anti-Drug Experts/Liaison Officers stationed in Western Africa as well as to convene Anti-drug meetings at senior officials level of G6 Countries and Mediterranean African States.

Moreover, the Ministers welcomed the initiative aimed at developing more effective techniques to combat document forgery/counterfeiting, which is an instrument widely used by criminal organisations in order to commit other more serious crimes.

Fight Against Terrorism: The Interior Ministers of G6 Countries welcome the European Commission Vice-President and Justice, Security and Freedom Commissioner as well as the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary, whose attendance witnesses the importance of developing the Transatlantic Dialogue on terrorism. In line with the discussions held during the G6 meeting, G6 Countries and the U.S.A. are united in condemning terrorism and are committed to the research of shared solutions to combat it most effectively. To that end they discussed some areas of possible international co-operation, that could strengthen States’ ability to combat terrorism.

The Ministers recognized the need to carry on their efforts aimed at preventing and struggling against radicalization and recruitment. In order to enhance the Transatlantic Dialogue, they deem it useful to share information, research, analysis, positive experiences and law enforcement methods in a way that is consistent with the initiatives under way also in the context of the other relevant international fora.

The Ministers agreed on the importance of preventing and pursuing behaviours inciting the violence and racial hatred. They welcome the Commission’s intention of mapping the situation of radicalisation in the EU, of organizing a conference on youth and radicalisation and of issuing a hand-book of best practices on what works in the field of violent radicalisation.

They consequently considered a series of approaches that could help reinforce State security while fully complying with human rights protection according to international obligations.

The Ministers believe that, in some legally regulated cases, expulsion related to terrorism has proven to be an effective tool for States in order to protect their people from foreign nationals that are believed to pose a threat to national security.

The Ministers discussed the difficulties faced by States in seeking to implement an effective expulsion policy: the need to protect national security and the human rights of those who pose a threat.

The Ministers support the ongoing work between EU and USA on the international legal framework applicable to combating terrorism. The Ministers of Interior intend to make a contribution to that dialogue to ensure that all counter-terrorism efforts are fully taken into account.